Learning Conference

Our very first Renewable Energy Learning Conference, supported by Statkraft, was held in Nepal in December 2012. 

More than 230 speakers and delegates attended from East Africa, Bangladesh and Europe, bringing the latest experiences from renewable energy programmes from the public, private, donor and non-governmental communities. The conference examined what is and is not working on the ground and how to lead the way for a more sustainable future for all stakeholders. Thank you to  all involved for a valuable and productive three days. 

'It was a great conference that created space to bring our valuable experiences and best practices for sharing and getting feedback...all of us garnered benefit of information on best practices and pilot initiatives on renewable energy implemented with the help of Renewable World' 

Bishwa Karki, Biogas Sector Nepal

'It was a valuable experience for me to soak information and status of renewable energy in Nepal, Bangladesh and Kenya. The debate session was brilliant! I particularly enjoyed comments and the heat that came out of certain participants.'  

Shreejan Pandey

Visit the presentation page to view content from sessions on environment, livelihoods, technology market information and finance.

See Technicial Director Emilio Simonet's blog to read more about the Conference. 

Speakers and panel members

Bishnu Prasad Pathak
CEO of Nepal Federation of Savings and Credit Cooperative Unions Limited and former Chairman of Nepal Microfinance Bankers Associations, Bishnu has a masters degree in sociology and previous experience includes roles with Asian Development Bank, and was one of the founder directors of Deprosc Development Bank.
Charles Muchunku
Chairman of the Kenya Renewable Energy Association, previous roles have included SACCO, Kenya Power and Lighting Company, Danida, UNDP. Charles has an MPhil in physics and a bachelors degree majoring in physics and maths. 
Bidya Banmali Pradhan 

Current environment Officer at International Center for Integrated Mountain Development , previous experience includes roles with the National Council of Science & Technology.  Bidya has a Masters in environment management and technology and a bachelors in biotechnology and genetic engineering. She recieved a 2010 Gender Champion Award.  

Dipen Man Singh Pradhan
Head of MicroFinance at Bank of Kathmandu, Dipen has an masters degree in environmental management and ecology, as well as an MBA. 
Saroj Rai
Senior Renewable Energy Advisor at SNV Netherlands, Saroj's previous experiences includes roles with BSP-Nepal and AEPC/ESAP. He has a bachelors degree in chemical engineering and an MBA. 
Ram Prasad Dhital
Ram is Assistant Director AEPC and Solar Component Manager at the National Rural and Renewable Energy Program. He has a masters degree in renewable energy and a bachelors degree in civil engineering. Previous experience includes roles in Afghanistan and Vanuatu. 
Emilio Simonet
Technical Director of Renewable World, Emilio has a masters degree in energy management and a bachelors degree in electrical engineering. Previous experience includes roles with the Millennium Villages Project in East Africa, ICS-UNIDO, Engineering Without Borders, and the Spanish International Cooperation Agency, AECID. 
Bishwa Raj Karki
Current Division Manager of Marketing in the Industrial Enterprise Development Institute, Bishwa has an MBA and a post graduate diploma in regional industrial development. He is also an executive member of Biogas Sector Partnership Nepal.
Suraj Baral
Director of technology transfer and renewable energy with Management, Innovation and Technology Solutions (P) Ltd, Suraj also lectures at Kathmandu University. He has a masters degree in Engineering in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management and bachelors degree in electrical engineering. 
Syed Tamjid ur Rahman
CEO of ChangeMaker: Society for Social and Economic Development, Syed has an MBA and previous experience includes roles with International Development Enterprises, Ashoka, UNICEF, UNDP and Save the Children.